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Manchin, Tennant comment on government shutdown

BECKLEY, W. Va (WVVA)-- Senator Joe Manchin and Secretary of State Natalie Tennant express concern and disappointment over the government shutdown.

This comes as Manchin, Jay Rockefeller, and Nick Rahall send a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to fight for military compensation during the shutdown.

In the letter, the 3-- along with 48 other lawmakers-- urge that the National Guard and Reserves receive pay.

Although the "pay our military act" was signed into law before the shutdown, some service members and civilians have been furloughed without pay.

Manchin says this shutdown is unfair to the people.

"I think my colleagues were wrong in taking that approach," he said, "that it's either 'my way or the highway' or shut down government."

He says he is hopeful of a resolution that could, at worst, take several more weeks.

"These are all my friends, I'm talking to them," he said. "Hopefully they'll come to a reasonable solution-- get back to work."

Natalie Tennant also commented on the shutdown, saying it affects West Virginia's tourism during the important fall season.

"Here we are where at the National Gorge and the Visitor Center is closed," she said. "People from Alabama and California are here and and it's like our Congress has taken our people hostage."


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